Photo by Silvia Vatteroni
Russian gymnast Alla Sosnitskaya has sustained a foot/ankle injury during podium training in Montpellier. Hence, she withdrew from the competition.

Olympic vault bronze medalist and Russia's Maria Paseka has replaced her. This will be Paseka's first top major international competition since 2013 European championships in Moscow.

According to the start list, Paseka will compete on vault and uneven bars. Sosnitskaya was one of the two Russian gymnasts who were set to compete in the all around, the other being European beam champion Maria Kharenkova. Since she is out of the competition, Daria Spiridonova who went as an event specialist, will replace her.

The Russian coaches are yet to announce Alla's withdrawal. It is worth to mention that the Russian gymnast was named to her country's team that will compete in the first edition of European games. 

We are yet to know how serious her injury is and if it will affect her participation in Baku. 

Anna Pavlova of Azerbaijan has also withdrawn due to elbow injury.

Updates: Rodionenko talked about Alla's injury to

"We figured out yesterday at the training that Alla can't compete bcz of problems with her ankle. We had to make an extra changing - Maria Paseka. Masha has already joined the team this morning. We still don't know what kind of injury Alla has, we sent her on check to Moscow".

Written by Gigi Khazback Farid



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